Posts Tagged ‘water quality’

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“Alternative energy and water resource management are two global issues of critical importance,” says Kris Boone, director of Ohio State ATI. “We’re proud to offer this first-of-its-kind program to our students.”

New bioenergy, biological waste management program at Ohio State ATI

Starting fall semester, students at Ohio State ATI, CFAES’s two-year degree-granting unit in Wooster, will be able to study a new program focused on two key global issues: bioenergy and biological waste management.

Worth noting: National Geographic recently ranked water and wastewater treatment operator as the second-fastest-growing job in sustainability-related fields.

Check out Ohio State ATI’s website.

Let’s see what’s out there

NOAA has issued its first early season Lake Erie algal bloom bulletin. You can get weekly and, starting in July, twice-weekly updates on the Forecasting webpage of NOAA’s National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science. You also can sign up to get them by email. (Photo: Lake Erie on May 8, showing sediment plumes from the Maumee River and other tributaries, NOAA CoastWatch.)

‘It would be amazing to give people clean drinking water’

CFAES student Ashlee Balcerzak, who’s from Maumee near Toledo, was a pre-med major at first. Then she took a class at Ohio State’s Stone Lab on Lake Erie and everything changed.

“I got really interested in the actual overall water quality issues and the ecosystems,” she says, “so I ended up changing my major to environmental science.” Her specialty: water science.

Now, as an undergraduate researcher in the college, she’s studying the use of magnetic bacteria to remove algal bloom-causing phosphorus from waters such as Lake Erie. She’s even given a TEDx Toledo talk on it.

“I’m just so passionate about water science,” she says. “I want to help others.”

Earth Day service along river, in wetland

Props to the 60-plus volunteers who helped clean up the Olentangy River and CFAES’s Wilma H. Schiermeier Olentangy River Wetland Research Park as a day of service on Earth Day, April 22. Read more and see photos on the School of Environment and Natural Resources’ website. The school manages the wetland. (Photo: Ris Twigg via SENR.)

It’s good for your farm. It’s good for everyone’s water

If you live and farm in Ohio and apply fertilizer to more than 50 acres of land, you need to earn your agricultural fertilizer certification by Sept. 30 of this year. Learn more about the requirement here. See the training dates and locations here. The next training session is May 10 in Cortland in northeast Ohio.

Hack your lake

A May 2 story by Cleveland.com’s Peter Krouse featured the Erie Hack Water Innovation Summit in ClevelandJeff Reutter, special adviser to and former director of Ohio State’s Lake Erie-serving Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Lab programs, was interviewed for the story.

The Erie Hack competition, according to its website, “unites coders, developers, engineers, and water experts to generate enduring solutions to Lake Erie’s biggest challenges.”

5 ways Gwynne’s growing greener (and you can, too)

Look for new players like riprap, blazing star and willow fascines in Ohio State’s Gwynne Conservation Area.

The nearly 70-acre facility, part of CFAES’s Farm Science Review site at the Molly Caren Agricultural Center in London, has started two new projects — one to diversify its prairie plantings; the other, to protect the banks of Deer Creek, which flows through the grounds. Read More »

Today: Trade your plastic bags for a reusable one

Today (Wednesday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Bring five plastic bags with you to Ohio State’s Ohio Union in Columbus and trade them for a reusable bag. The bags collected will be recycled. It’s part of the university’s Time for Change Week.

Promising progress in algal bloom effort

Researchers involved in the Ohio Department of Higher Education’s Harmful Algal Bloom Research Initiative, including CFAES’s Margaret Kalcic, continue to get results in their quest to reduce and prevent harmful algal blooms in Ohio.